Author: Leslie Cohen
Narrators: Rachel Jacobs, Katie Koster
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
A timely and hilarious millennial women’s fiction novel about two friends who decide to give up their search for a perfect man and devote their lives to each other—but their careful plan soon begins to unravel with unexpected consequences.
For many women, finding the man of their dreams can be something of a nightmare. Luckily, they can often rely on their friends for the support they so desperately need. Friends for over a decade, Amanda and Sophie decide to flip the script. Why can’t they spend their lives with each other and just keep men on the side for fun, sex, and occasionally fixing things around the house?
Amanda is a lawyer who excels in her professional life but crumbles at the slightest sign of a common cold. Sophie is an aspiring artist who has lived all over the world and doesn’t crumble, period. Together since freshman year of college, they’ve been through it all. But when their romantic lives explode at the same time, they decide that enough is enough. Enough pretending that traditional relationships work for everyone. Enough fantasizing about an old-fashioned ideal.
They enter into a mutual arrangement: They will rely on each other and give men the secondary role that they deserve. And much to their surprise, it actually works. Amanda and Sophie fix up a dilapidated brownstone and create the home they’ve always wanted. Soon, they have love and emotional support as well as a wide variety of male “crushes” on the side. But when one of their crushes becomes something more, Amanda and Sophie must reconsider the life they’ve begun to build and how far they’re willing to go to keep it.
My Ride or Die is an entertaining story about two women that decide to platonically devote their lives to each other and give up romantic relationships. Amanda and Sophie have not been lucky in love but have always been able to count on each other. Against the advice of everyone else they think giving up romantic love and committing to each other platonically will fix all their problems. Things are not as easy as they think with family and sad setbacks. They think their new arrangement will give them more freedom but that isn’t the case. Amanda starts secretly dating someone, and Sophie is trying to find a career that works for her. I feel like so many millennials focus on romantic relationships over friendships. This story really shows the importance of friendship as well as romantic relationships. Amanda and Sophie are both very different but great characters. They really want to do what is best for the other but also trying to be happy. They value their friendship. My Ride or Die is a great story and I loved this book.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rachel Jacobs and Katie Koster. They did a great job and were the perfect voices for Amanda and Sophie.
Thank you William Morrow and Harper Audio for My Ride or Die.
About the Author
Leslie Cohen was born and raised in New York. She studied fiction at Columbia University, and wrote a weekly music column for a newspaper in Colorado before working in publishing for several years. She is the author of This Love Story Will Self-Destruct and My Ride or Die.